Your answer does not have to be “YES”.
I admit it…..I’m a pack rat and I am battling information overload!
…..I collect silly things like first date movie tickets with my husband from 2005, every single card my kids have ever given to me, and photographs that could fill a dozen storage bins. I still remember the license plate letters from my first boyfriend’s car. I keep paper menus, postcards from vacations, and every business card I pick up. I hang onto clothes and shoes for the special time I might get to wear them again….My point is, it’s easy to find a place to store just one more thing, whether it’s in my head or in the garage,……but as a former client asked one time, “Doesn’t it get crowded up in that brain of yours?”
Sadly, this is often how we treat our minds, isn’t it? We cram our heads full of information, deadlines, lists of things to do, appointments, and ideas. Instead of ever getting a few of the key objectives accomplished, we tend to give half hearted attention to this laundry list of random activities and consequently, our stress level shoots up. Our relationships, careers and health tend to suffer, but worst, we end up never doing a great job at any one item on the list!
Sometimes I feel like I’m the center of a bicycle wheel with all the spokes pointing outward but there’s no rubber tire! So much for being able to ride THIS particular bicycle!
There’s no doubt our world is on information overload (click here to view an incredible video) and many of us take on more than we can handle! It’s also probably socially incorrect to say, but occasionally, it IS okay to say “NO”.
I’m bombarded daily with offers, sales calls, new ideas, old ideas, new opportunities, etc. via email, texts, direct mail, phone calls, people in person, as well as through my own seemingly harmless click on a link while surfing the net. The choices are never ending and often they sound intriguing, don’t they? How many newsletters can one person actually read in a day? Well, how about learning to photo read? There’s a newsletter and offer for that….How many do you WANT to read? How many new opportunities do you want to explore?
No wonder the grey matter between my ears feels like it’s about to explode! Thankfully, it hasn’t happened yet, but I promise you, my blood pressure rises and panic sets in when I start contemplating my “list” for the day. So where do you draw the line? How do you decide which clutter stays and what door to slam into the rest?
First you say out loud, “I CAN’T DO IT ALL!” As much as you want to jump into every new idea, project, or opportunity that comes along, your brain can’t handle it all efficiently. Every decision made to successfully fulfill an obligation will take time away from something else. Kekich Credo# 2 states: “Cherish time, your most valuable resource.
You can never make up the time you lost……..The most important choices you’ll ever make are how you use your time.”
Make smart choices, manage your time better and free up space in your mind. Decide to excel at fewer things in your life instead of doing a whole lot of projects half-heartedly. Prioritize your life and the things you want to accomplish! I can already feel the pressure lifting……can you?
Always believe in yourself,